Glasgow Rangers’ newest signing Joey Barton has promised to Glasgow Evening Times that he is not a Celtic fans, and Ibrox supporters will see that in the first Old-Firm derby.
Barton signed a two-year contract with Rangers yesterday, but he was quickly reminded of tweets which he previously sent out which seemingly showed his affinity towards Celtic.
Barton claims that there was reasons why he was backing the Bhoys at the time, but he insists that he has no feeling towards Rangers’ Glasgow rivals.
"You only support one club," he said. "C'mon let's have it right, I'm an Evertonian.
"But coming from a football family, if the Milan derby was on you'd have to pick a side, AC Milan or Inter. If it's Barca vs Real Madrid, I'd have to pick a side. That's just what we do.
"So obviously being Joseph Anthony and having gone to Catholic schools, I didn't really have a choice when it came to it. So I looked out for one of the teams when the Old Firm was on. I've said on Twitter, amongst other things, I'm a Celtic fan.
"You have to take that in jest. I don't think anybody will have any doubt about my allegiances when we play Celtic."
Barton’s arrival at Rangers has sparked great excitement, and he is expected to add a great deal of quality to Mark Warburton’s midfield options.
The 33-year-old has already expressed a desire to be the best player in Scotland, during his time with Rangers.
Barton has become Rangers’ fourth signing of the summer transfer window already, following the additions of Matt Crooks, Josh Windass and Jordan Rossiter.
When Rangers and Celtic do meet in the first Old-Firm derby of next season, Warburton’s side will go into it having won the last meeting between the two sides.
Rangers and Celtic met in the Scottish Cup this past season, with Warburton’s men running out the victors on penalties.